Google-owned Bump to shut down

Posted by: Jennifer Cefai (2 years, 9 months ago)

Google-owned data-sharing app Bump is set to be shut down by the end of January 2014. In a blog post, Bump CEO and co-founder David Lieb said that Bump and its sister app Flock would be shut down to make way for new Google products. The apps will be removed from Apple's App Store and Google Play by January 31, giving users 30 days to export any data they still have. 

The technology that brought Bump onto the scene in early 2009 allowed users to exchange data, like contact details and photos, by bumping their smartphones together. PayPal briefly incorporated the service to allow users to exchange money. Flock was later introduced to allow photos from various devices to be collected in one place. Though Google only purchased the apps about three months ago there were never any promises that they would continue to be offered. This does come as a surprise though, owing to Google's tradition of shutting down several services at once. 

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